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£150,000 FOR REPAIRS TO P. AND T. SERVICES P.A. WELLINGTON, this day. The acting-Postmaster-General, Mr. Jones, stated to-day that while it would be some time yet before the full extent of the storm damage to telegraph, telephone and toll services in the Canterbury area could be fully assessed it was now possible to say that the disruption of services was probably the most extensive in the history of the Post Office, and would involve an expenditure of at least £150,000 for repairs.

Reports so far received regarding major toll and telegraph routes indicated that a total of 56 miles of pole line had been levelled to the ground, while approximately another 50 miles had many spans of wires broken, although the poles were still standing. Although there was extensive damage to the north of Canterbury that area had escaped more lightly than the southern and western portions of the province.

The Minister said an indication ®f the damage done was given by the fact that in one length of line carrying an average of 30 wires approximately 1000 poles had to be reerected and about 100 tons of wire would have to be salvaged from the wrecked line,s. A survey showed that some 9000 telephones were put out of action, the approximate numbers for the exchanges mostly concerned being:—Christchurch 6500, Timaru 700 Rangiora 350, Waimate 321, Temuka 211, and Oxford 180. Good progress had already been made with the restoration of services and by Monday it was expected that the Canterbury staff would be supplemented by 100 men drawn from other parts of the Dominion. In addition, the assistance of service personnel was being arranged.

Emergency radio services had enabled telegraphic traffic, including Press mesages, to be disposed of without serious delay. Approximately 10,000 telegrams and 50.000 words of Press were handled in this way, the staff working long hours to dispose of the traffic. The Minister expressed appreciation of the excellent work done by all sections of the Post and Telegraph staff.

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STORM DAMAGE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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STORM DAMAGE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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